Pucker your assholes, it’s time for ETR’s first ever epic DEATHMATCH! Rules are simple, winner takes it all, loser takes the fall.
I wish I had the coin to physically destroy the loser, give it away, donate it, what the fuck ever, but I do not. The loser will be sold, never be heard from again. Let’s roll bitches!
In this first ever epic DETAHMATCH, two of 2014’s most intriguing phones square off, in a fight to the death!
In one corner, weighing in at a slim 162g, wearing black, the Elusive, the One Plussssss Oneeeeeeee! In the other corner, wearing white, weighing in at a hefty 184g, the Lard Ass, the Gooooooooogle Neeeeeeexus 6!
Alright, rules are, there are no rules. First one to die, loses. Now lets get it on!
Round 1: Design & Hardware
The Nexus 6 and OnePlus One side by side, ready to square off!
The OnePlus One features a unique, yet stylish, Sandstone black rear cover, surround by a metal bezel that encompass the outside of the phone. The front is a black slab of glass, free of any and all unnecessary logo placement. The sides of the phone are comprised of very slim, black plastic buttons. Overall the design, is incredibly simple, but very effective. There are no super fancy, exotic, or expensive materials used in the design. In my opinion, such materials are not required to make a nice looking/high quality device. The OnePlus One is very solid and structurally sound.
The Nexus 6 features design traits shared with its younger sibling, the Moto X (2014). The Nexus 6 makes use of premium materials in its construction. A white or dark blue polycarbonate backing is highlighted by the distinctive Nexus insignia. The outside of the phone is encompassed in a premium looking and feeling aluminum shell. Similar to the OnePlus One, the front of the device is basically a black, solid sheet of gorilla glass, that covers the entire front surface. Once again free of any ridiculous logo placement. The same (logo placement) cannot be said about the back of the phone, but this varies by carrier. Overall, the design is clean, elegant, and much more premium feeling than any Nexus prior. Build quality is a sold as you are going to get.
Such a close fucking round. Lets check the scorecard! The Nexus 6 comes out on top, 9.0 to 8.5. The Nexus 6 landed just a few more punches with its build quality. Truth be told, this is a round the Nexus 6 should win with ease considering its price tag. Both are attractive designs, but you are probably not going to “wow” anyone with the design of your OnePlus One. Style swap covers, could have helped the OnePlus take this first round, but sadly, they are no more than a wet dream at this point.
Winner: Nexus 6
Round 2: Software & Performance
The Nexus 6 features the latest and greatest version of Android, Lollipop.
This is a tough one. The OnePlus One sports Cyanogenmod, a customized version of Android 4.4.4 Kitkat, its like stock Android, with a shit load more customization options baked in. Without the need for a custom ROM. The newer Nexus 6 rocks the latest and greatest version of Android, Android 5.0 (Lollipop). Owning a Nexus device, as is, is Android the way Google intends it to be. Free of any manufacturer customization’s. OnePlus has promised an upgrade to Lollipop sometime here in the near future.
I wont waste my time comparing the two operating systems. They are way too fucking different. Not Touchwiz vs stock difference, but different in their own right. So how can I possibly decide which one is better? Android purists would say, stock Android always wins, after all it’s the way Android is supposed to be, as defined by Google. For the most part, I would happen to agree with that statement. But give me a stock Android experience, with the ability to customize the shit out of it, thats what I want. And that is what you get with Cyanogenmod. It has never been easier to completely change the look and feel of your entire user experience. Sure, this is also possible with the Nexus 6, but you will need some technical experience and know how. Not to mention the fact that you must be willing to potentially void your warranty should you decide to root and unlock your device. Rooting and unlocking your bootloader will not void your OnePlus One manufacturer warranty.
The Nexus 6 sports some nice features not found on the OnePlus One. Such as active display, which I have found to be kind of annoying sometimes. But lacks some features found in the OnePlus One, such as tap to wake. The Nexus 6 is capable of tap to wake, but it is not enabled by default, so we cannot count the Nexus 6 as having this feature.
Both devices feature very snappy performance. Navigating the home screens, and popping in and out of apps is a piece of cake on either device. I have noticed the occasional lag with both devices. Every now and then they can both struggle when transitioning to the Google now screen. The OnePlus One and the Nexus 6 both feature more than adequate processors (Snapdragon 801 and 805 respectively) and 3 GB of RAM. Most of the time, Android is fluid and smooth on both devices, and a pleasure to use. Neither are free from bugs, the Nexus 6 because of it’s newer software, and the OnePlus One because of its smaller footprint. But both are very quick to receive updates and fix compared to the rest of the Android universe.
Another close fucking round! I’ll tell you what, were going to have a real brawl here today. I have it 9.5 to 9 on the scorecard, in favor of the OnePlus One. These two mobile OS’s really went toe to toe in this round. Scoring hit, after vicious hit. But in the end, the OnePlus One pulled it out. Its customized version of Android is really what stock Android really should be. Sure, the Nexus 6 has a leg up as far as having the latest and greatest software goes, but for how long? It’s only a matter of time before the OnePlus One catches up.
Winner: OnePlus One
Round 3: Display
Nexus 6 (left) OnePlus One (right)
The Nexus 6 features a high-resolution 1440p display. The highest resolution display you can get on a smart phone these days, the 5.96″ display measures out at 493 PPI. The display produces extremely crisp text, beautiful looking images & videos. From a non-technical perspective, the display in not without issues, such as screen brightness, and outdoor visibility problems. Those are not deal breakers, but the screen isn’t quite as awe-inspiring as the Note 4, its main competition.
The OnePlus One features a slightly less pixel dense, 1080p (401 PPI) display. No longer considered “high-end”, I find the display on the OnePlus One to still be more than adequate. From a normal viewing distance, I find it almost impossible to see the benefits of the Nexus 6’s higher resolution display. The closer you look at each device, the more noticeable the difference becomes. But for normal, everyday viewing, the difference is negligible.
The biggest detractor from the quality of the OnePlus One’s display, is unfortunately its now infamous “yellow banding” issues. Even though the yellowing on my device, isn’t all that noticeable in everyday usage. When looking at a white image or background (such as a web page, or Google now screen), the yellowing is much more apparent. Ultimately, the yellowing is the deciding factor of round 3. The OnePlus One has also had its fair share of touch sensitivity issues. Whether this is the fault of the OS, or the fault of display imperfections, is a subject of debate. Even tough many issues have been successfully fixed through OTA’s, the fact of the matter is this, touch issues have been a problem since day one, and problems still exist to this day.
The Nexus 6 wins this round with ease, 9.0 to 7.5. The newer, larger, higher resolution display of the Nexus 6 doesn’t suffer as many pitfalls as its competitor. Though it is far from perfect, the Nexus 6’s display looks great and functions better out of the box. Basically, it just fucking works, it’s the better display.
Winner: Nexus 6
Round 4: Battery Life
One of the biggest surprises of the OnePlus One was its stellar battery life. Opinions and results may vary, but I have found that the 3100 mAh battery of the OnePlus One packs more than enough juice to get just about anyone through their day, regardless of porn consumption. Throughout my 5+ months of OnePlus One usage, I have found the battery life to be one of the its biggest strengths.
In comparison with the OnePlus One, the Nexus 6 packs a larger battery (3220 mAh) and a larger screen, 5.96 vs 5.5 inches respectively. Considering the Nexus 6 has a larger battery, you would think it would have better, if not equal battery life. Throughout my testing, I haven’t found that to be even remotely true. In my opinion, it is one of the Nexus 6’s biggest weaknesses. Considering its large battery capacity, the fact that it is running a stock version of Android, I expected the battery life to be much better than it actually is. I would be surprised if it is the fault of the OS (I look forward to testing how Lollipop affects the OnePlus One’s battery life), though it could be. I would rather point a finger at the hardware. I have found the 6’s display to be quite power-hungry, which makes me wonder. Are all those extra pixels worth the cost in power consumption? I have no scientific data to back this up, just my humble opinion. As far as battery life goes, once again, the Nexus leaves a lot to be desired.
This round was a fucking bloodbath. The OnePlus One dominates the scorecard, 9.5 to 7.5. Say whatever you want, but in normal, everyday usage, the OnePlus One is superior. The Nexus 6 probably has the best battery performance of any Nexus to date, but that isn’t saying a whole lot. For light to moderate users, it will be fine to get you through your day. But if you’re the type that has trouble putting down your phone, you had better bring your charger, or pick up the OnePlus One if battery life is of the utmost importance.
Winner: OnePlus One
Round 5: Camera
Top OnePlus One camera housing. Bottom, Nexus 6 camera ring.
Camera performance on these two beasts are just about equal. They both feature 13MP sensors, 4K video recording, flash, etc. The Nexus 6 ups its game a bit with optical image stabilization (OIS), a big plus if you are the type that can never take a photo that doesn’t look like it was taken with a potato.
Given optimal conditions, I found camera performance to be basically the same. A little give and take here and there for both devices. The Nexus 6 can take its sweet ass time to take a photo on occasion, especially if the flash is needed. But I found that both devices produce acceptable photos for the most part. Don’t go leaving your DSLR at home just yet, but you can probably replace your shitty pocket shooter digital camera.
The Nexus 6 camera software is very bare bones, while the OnePlus One camera software is very robust and has many more pre-picture settings/color/effect options.
Even though the Nexus 6 features OIS, I have this round an even split 8.0 to 8.0. Nothing to write home about for either device, but both are decent point and shoot camera replacements. In optimal lighting conditions, both cameras are capable of taking great photos.
Round 6: Size
To show you the difference in size, this is the OnePlus One Diztronic case comfortably inside of the Nexus 6 Diztronic case.
The OnePlus One and the Nexus 6, are both big ass phones. But how big is too big? That all depends on your opinion, and what you will be using your device for. If you are upgrading from a Nexus 5 to a 6, you may be is a for a very big surprise, literally. Be prepared for a lengthy adjustment period. The difference is very significant, kind of like going from a iPhone 5 to and iPhone 6 Plus. It’s not going to be for everyone. The OnePlus One is no exception, if you are coming from a 5 inch device, there will be an adjustment period for you as well. But you just might like it once you get used to it. After owning a Nexus 5, Nexus 6, and a OnePlus One. I think a 5.5 inch device is the perfect size, at least for me personally.
The OnePlus One is just slim enough (width) to be able to be operated with one hand. This is a must for me, but might be low on your priority list. The Nexus 6 is just too fucking fat. I don’t mind the height, but its width and girth is just too much for my liking. It’s uncomfortable to hold, especially with one hand. The size is just awkward. Which makes it more difficult to use. In the end, the OnePlus One fits my hands better, and is much easier to use. Going back to the OnePlus One was a sigh of relief.
Chalk up another beat down to the OnePlus One! the OnePlus One brutally takes down the Nexus 6, 9.5 to 8.0. Opinions on this subject are certainly going to vary greatly, but if you are concerned that the Nexus 6 might be too big, you might be on to something. You might want to go to a store and hold one before you purchase the son of a bitch. It’s a BIG BITCH!
Winner: OnePlus One
Round 7: Value and Availability
Ever since its announcement, the OnePlus One’s biggest crutch has been its availability. It has been hard as fuck to acquire ever since launch. It’s getting better, but you still need an invite to purchase the device. If you missed out on one of the multiple opportunities to purchase the OnePlus One without an invite, you should probably pay more attention and not bitch about not being able to pick one up. It’s been a long time coming, but I think the availability problem is no longer an issue. If you want one, you can get one if you aren’t a lazy fuck, especially in the US. I cant speak for other countries, I don’t know shit about the One’s international availability, so you are on your own. Also, if you are a customer of either Verizon or Sprint, I don’t want to hear you bitch that you cannot activate the OnePlus One on your network. You may want to take a look at your carrier, if phone selection means that much to you, you are on the wrong carrier.
On the other hand, it’s not like the Nexus 6 is easy to get. It still has very limited availability. Google and the Play store have fucked the Nexus 6 launch. For whatever reason, they cannot keep stock, and when they have stock, it will usually only last a few minutes before they are all sold out again. Not to mention the fact that you never know when they will have stock again, it seems to be more random than anything. Your best bet to pick a Nexus 6 is probably through Motorola’s website, your carrier, or a resale site like Swappa.com.
As far as value is concerned, the OnePlus One and the Nexus 6 are on different fucking planets. I will just come out and say it, the OnePlus One is the best value in the mobile technology universe. Value must be considered in every single category when you judge the OnePlus One vs any other device. The OnePlus One is 300 fucking dollars cheaper than the Nexus 6. $350 if you compare 64 GB versions. That’s not a subsidized on-contract difference, that’s the off-contract difference. For most of us, $300 is not a drop in the bucket, it’s a significant amount of fucking money, and certainly worth considering. You can literally purchase two OnePlus One’s for the price of one Nexus 6, that’s an eye-opening difference.
So what does the extra $300 for the Nexus 6 get for you? A larger, higher resolution screen. Better build quality. Build quality is debatable, it’s mostly personal preference. You get Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. This is only a temporary benefit, you will continue to get the benefits of timely updates, but the OnePlus One will be receiving Lollipop in the very near future. You have to determine what is important to you, but that is probably about it. The OnePlus One matches or beats the Nexus 6 most other categories.
The OnePlus One’s amazing value lands the final punch and ultimately decides the fate of this deathmatch.
IT’S ALL OVER FOLKS! IT”S ALL OVER! I have the final round scored 10 to 8.0 in favor of the OnePlus One! The One’s value, and price/performance ratio was just too much for the Nexus 6 to overcome. It simply could not compete with the OnePlus One’s $350 price tag.
Winner: OnePlus One
Survivor & Champion
The OnePlus One is the winner of ETR’s first ever DEATHMATCH!
The winner of ETR’s first ever deathmatch is the OnePlus One, and it’s not even all that close. The Nexus 6 is a fine device, and I am sure it will make a people happy. But if you consider all of the facts, the OnePlus One is the better phone. I don’t give a fuck that it has older hardware, nor do I give a fuck that the Nexus 6 is a newer device in general.
I have made the decision to sell my Nexus 6, after just a couple of weeks, and go back to my OnePlus One. This is something I just do not do. Most of the time, I am the “newer is better” kind of guy, regardless of device, but not in this case. For me, the Nexus 6 is not worth the $300 upgrade price over my OnePlus One. In the meantime, I’m going to save a little money, and probably be happier with my phone in the long run.
Good fight! Good night!